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Do You Have a Choice in Surfboards Who owns the Internet If you were to ask this question to any person familiar with the World Wide Web they most likely would say that nobody owns the Net but in the past few years a major player has stepped onto the Internet scene and they dont want just a piece of it they want to dominate the whole thing This ambitious greed machine is the one and only Microsoft juggernaut The Microsoft corporation has been known for years as the best operating system manufacturer having produced the MS-DOS Windows 31 and the incredibly popular Windows 95 operating system platforms and in the past few years have blitzkrieged the Internet scene with their web browser Internet Explorer and their Internet service The Microsoft Network The way Microsoft goes about their marketing tactics though could be compared to a craps table using loaded dice they just do not play fair In current issues Microsoft and its president Bill Gates have been at odds with the government over anti-trust laws In Microsofts bid to monopolize the Internet browser market its marketing strategy has been under heavy fire Microsoft had been forcing computer manufactures to purchase their operating system that included Internet Explorer which they were being charged additionally for This was mainly brought about because Microsoft was very latent on starting in on this market and had to find a way to catch up quickly In a issue of Mother Jones G Pascal Zachary writes Gates failed to grasp the importance of the Web until Netscape had nearly won the game Chastened by having to claw his way into Web software which he now dominates Gates is unlikely to make this mistake again What quite a few people consider to be the reason that Internet Explorer usurped Netscape as the dominate Web browser is the fact that Microsoft pushed its browser on the computer manufactures in turn
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